We must have the ability to hire an attorney when we need one. We can do that now. We don't need 207.
The trial lawyers promoting 207 are just trying to protect their outrageous fees. They don't want anyone to jeopardize their sweetheart deals like their bogus lawsuit ''on behalf" of cereal consumers:
CONSUMERS GOT COUPONS FOR MORE BOXES OF CEREAL WHILE THEIR LAWYERS GOT $1.75 MILLION IN FEES. (Washington Post, 4/8/96)
The ambulance-chasing trial lawyers behind 207 spend millions of dollars on television and billboard advertising to promote frivolous lawsuits!
207 will mean more frivolous lawsuits, costing consumers millions of dollars a year in higher costs for such things as insurance and health care.
Now the lawyers want us to believe that they're going to ''punish" themselves and take away their fees for frivolous lawsuits!
Next, they use the ''three strikes" slogan to make us think they are ''tough on themselves." But the trial lawyers wrote this ''loophole" so it won't work!
If they really wanted to curb frivolous lawsuits, they would do it in the Legislature. Official records document they gave almost $7 million to California politicians between 1990 and 1994. These millions went to protect their big fees.
Even after pumping out millions in contributions, the trial lawyers now want the ultimate fee protection for themselves: Proposition 207. 207 doesn't protect us from greedy lawyers and lawsuit abuse--it just protects THEIR fees.
207 IS A SMOKE SCREEN. VOTE NO ON 207.
MARTYN B. HOPPER
State Director, National Federation of
President, Association for California Tort Reform